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Press Release


Valcourt, Quebec, Canada – March 26, 2009 – According to a recent study supervised by the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), BRP's 2009 Sea-Doo RXP-X, Sea-Doo RXT-X and Sea-Doo RXT iS 255 watercraft (PWC) outperform the competition in terms of acceleration, handling and fuel consumption. The industry’s newest "musclecraft" from the top three PWC manufacturers - BRP, Yamaha and Kawasaki - were tested under identical conditions. Fun Jet Magazine†, the world's leading PWC magazine, renown for conducting stringent product evaluations also assisted FIT in the study. FIT coordinated the evaluations with a group of professional riders including IJSBA Hall of Fame racers Chris Fischetti, Karine Paturel, and Tim Judge, as well as current Pro racer Eric Lagopoulos. The models tested included the Sea-Doo RXP-X, RXP 215, RXT-X, and RXT iS 255, the Yamaha† FZR†, and the Kawasaki† Ultra 260X† watercraft. FIT College of Engineering professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Pierre Larochelle, oversaw all of the performance testing with assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Rasvan Rusovici, and confirmed: “The Sea-Doo RXP-X and RXT-X personal watercraft outperformed the other PWC we tested.” Acceleration was measured using a Stalker† Radar acceleration program and Racepak† data acquisition system with Judge as the test rider. BRP's two-seater Sea-Doo RXP-X watercraft narrowly edged the three-seater Sea-Doo RXT-X watercraft in 0-50 mph (0-80 km/h)acceleration testing by a mere .16 seconds, to officially become the quickest PWC in the industry in 2009. Both Sea-Doo models were at least one full second – or several boat lengths – faster than the closest competitor, the Yamaha FZR, with the RXP-X watercraft a full 1.18 seconds faster than the Kawasaki Ultra 260X.

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ACCELERATION PWC Model 0-50 mph (0-80 km/h) Sea-Doo RXP-X 3.14 sec Sea-Doo RXT-X 3.30 sec Yamaha FZR 4.30 sec Kawasaki Ultra 260X 4.32 sec

Acceleration Testing: averages of a minimum of three full speed runs, temperature 64° F(18° C), wind WNW 7mph (11km/h), runs conducted from East to West, fresh water, PWC fuel = max capacity, with 185 pound rider (Tim Judge), measured by FIT Engineering Professors Ski-Doo Lynx Sea-Doo Evinrude Johnson Rotax Can-Am

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Handling characteristics were also measured with each of the four professional racers negotiating two circuits on a six buoy closed-course style track on each model. Times were recorded by FIT personnel. The Sea-Doo RXP-X and RXT-X watercraft again took the top two spots with the RXP 215 model posting the third quickest time and the Yamaha FZR nearly 2.5 seconds behind the leader.

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HANDLING – Buoy Course PWC Model AVG Times for 2 laps Sea-Doo RXP-X 45.44 sec Sea-Doo RXT-X 45.58 sec Sea-Doo RXP 215 45.99 sec Yamaha FZR 47.87 sec Handling Testing: Averages of 2 laps on a six buoy closed-course style track for each or the four professional riders, temperature 64° F (18° C), wind WNW 7mph (11km/h), fresh water, PWC fuel = max capacity, times recorded by FIT Engineering Professors.

Fuel consumption was recorded at 65 mph (104 km/h) using a Yamaha fuel flow meter with Paturel at the controls of each PWC. The new Sea-Doo RXT iS watercraft with iTC (intelligent Throttle Control) recorded the most efficient fuel consumption during the testing, bettering the Yamaha FZR by 3.1 gph (12 l/h) or 16.2% and the Kawasaki Ultra 260X by 7.3 gph (28 l/h) or 29.7%.

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PWC Model Sea-Doo RXT iS 255 Sea-Doo RXT-X Sea-Doo RXP-X Yamaha FZR Kawasaki Ultra 260X

FUEL CONSUMPTION Fuel Consumption gph @ 65 mph (104 km/h) 17.3 gph (65 l/h) 18.6 gph (70 l/h) 19.0 gph (72 l/h) 20.4 gph (77 l/h) 24.6 gph (93 l/h)

Fuel Consumption Testing: temperature 64° F (18° C), wind WNW 7mph (11km/h), fresh water, PWC fuel = max capacity, with 135 pound rider (Karine Paturel)

“Sea-Doo products have long been hailed as the personal watercraft industry’s high-performance leader. This evaluation, overseen by the Florida Institute of Technology under strictly controlled conditions, substantiates our claim,” said Roch Lambert, vice president - general manager, North American Sales & Marketing, Ski-Doo/Sea-Doo/Evinrude division. “We invented performance with the Sea-Doo XP watercraft in 1991 and have continually set and reset the standard to which all high-performance watercraft are measured with superior acceleration, water handling, ergonomics, and power-to-weight ratios.”

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More information on the following PWC performance research study can be found in the pages of Fun Jet Magazine and on the web at and Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately-held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, direct injection technologies such as E-TEC, Can-Am all-terrain vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines and karts. Sea-Doo, XP, RXP, RXP-X, RXT-X, RXT, iS, iTC, Rotax, 4-TEC, Ski-Doo, Lynx, Evinrude, Johnson, Can-Am, E-TEC and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. †All other trademarks are property of their respective owner(s).


For product information: USA and Canada:

International markets:

Tim McKercher Sea-Doo Media Relations & Competition T +1.321.409.0519

Helen Vasilevski Director, Sales and Marketing, Int’l division Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Ski-Doo and Lynx T +41.21.318.78.00

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